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Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco - January 9, 2007

Veteran home inspectors Charlie Wood, of Atlanta, GA and Jim Morrison of Boston, MA have chosen beautiful Puerto Vallarta as the headquarters for their new home inspection practice. Wood is excited about the new business, explaining: “Americans and Canadians have been buying vacation homes here in record numbers in recent years and now they have a means to find out more about those properties before they buy, and can keep surprises to a minimum.?

Many American and Canadian home buyers naturally find the differences in Mexican laws and construction a bit overwhelming. Home inspections from Casas del Mar PV empower homebuyers with the information they need before they buy.

Says Morrison: “There are substantial differences in construction techniques and expectations here. We educate our customers and they are better able to care for, and enjoy their new homes.?

Casas del Mar performs home and condo inspections for prospective homebuyers in and around Puerto Vallarta. You can visit them on the web at: www.CasasDelMarPV.com or call them at: 011.52.322.779.6476

CONTACT INFO: Jim Morrison,Casas del Mar PV. Visit http://www.CasasDelMarPV.com or email to James_morrison@earthlink.net.

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Well, I guess there's a market, or two inspectors as smart as Charlie Wood and Jimmy Morrison wouldn't be down there, but this kind of surprises me. Somehow I'd never pictured it as a place where I'd expect to see Americans or Canadians building new homes. However, I've never been to Mexico. I guess my perception of it is skewed by old westerns and cheesy Chuck Norris films.

So, are these new homes built in exclusive neighborhoods or foreigner enclaves that are walled off from the rest of the population, like one sees in Saudi Arabia, or are they mixed in with the rest of the housing? What kind of quality are we talking about?

ONE TEAM - ONE FIGHT!!!

Mike

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I was in Tiajuana several yeasr ago on a mission trip, building a "house" (20x20, 2 rooms) in one of the colonias. (The family was moving up from a 7x12 tarpaper shack. The local water supply was a garden hose sticking up out of the ground!)

We took a drive down the coast and saw some pretty nice developments.

I met a neighbor at the site I was working at. He was a tile setter, commusted daily into the US for his work.

After a bit he offered to show me his house. From ouitside, it looked like most of the other , ah, dumps. Inside it was beautiful.

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I'd always imagined all of the construction there as being adobe or poor quality wood construction and built really close together and disorderly...
Yeah Mike, nothin' but ramshackled huts down there.

http://www.virtualvallarta.com/puertovallarta/realestate/mdc/index.shtml

Seems like a long way from home for the guys though.
Could be a seasonal or tag-team operation with a few months down and a few months back home.
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Hi Bill,

See, that's what I mean. I've never been down there, and don't really know anyone that's ever been down and talked about it much, so it's been off my radar. Guess I need to add Meheeko to my list of places to check out on vacation if I ever take one.

ONE TEAM - ONE FIGHT!!!

Mike

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I love the spirit in these two! Succeed or fail, what an incredible experience to carry with you the rest of your life.

When I worked for Kodak, I was one of a room full of software engineers. We needed to establish a development group in Shanghai. When the speaker asked who would be interested, I couldn't believe how everyone looked down at their laps or at their watch.

Most people just don't like change. I find that so sad - and boring. I loved working in Shanghai and learning something about life outside our very protected domain. God bless Jimmy and Charlie as they go for the gusto!

Originally posted by David C. Argabright

I wonder if they need someone to carry their tools and hold the umbrella to keep the sun off their heads? Could be a nice out of country tax shelter too.

Seems like a long way from home for the guys though.

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Oh yeah!

Last year, I read an article about how there are some great opportunities opening up in China for construction companies willing to set up operations over there building western-style housing. They have large enclaves set aside over there with high brick walls around them and once you enter it's like walking into an American city. Lots of opportunity for the American contractor with some moxie. The same thing is going on in Korea but those aren't isolated enclaves - they're set up just about anywhere where they can get the land.

ONE TEAM - ONE FIGHT!!!

Mike

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Jimmy:

Paz y amor had better mean "peace & love", and not "all my love"!!! Don't get silly down there.

Mike:

The China opportunity sounds kinda cool. Still, it is a communist government - oh yeah, that's not a problem anymore.

Originally posted by Jim Morrison

Amigos,

There is absolutely no real estate market down here. The entire operation was ill-conceived and I'm sure you'd all hate it here. Do your families a favor and stay home.

Seriously, though, keep in touch.

Paz y amor,

Jimmy

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Had a realtor friend sell everything he had and went down to PV and built a house. They literally chip away the concrete to make wiring runs then cement back over the wires. I think he said the largest approved residential electrical service was a 100 amps or so. They installed the largest service allowed then he paid the contractors a bribe to install a 200 amp commercial service. He also got guide business going down at the port and was in seventh heaven for 2 years until one day the new port authority came by and asked for a $10,000 uh special fee to keep operating. That ended his mexican dream and he's now living in Arizona.

My Ex wife moved down there for a year also being talked into by her mexican realtor boyfriend about how great it was and how much better life was down there. Like I said if it was so great why was she back a year later.

There is no better place for a family man on god's green earth then the good ol United States of America!

Chris, Oregon

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Originally posted by Jim Morrison

There is absolutely no real estate market down here. The entire operation was ill-conceived and I'm sure you'd all hate it here. Do your families a favor and stay home.

You gotta love a guy who'll jump on the grenade and yell for everyone else to get back. What a man. [:-mischie

Brian G.

Jimmy Just Went to Poach Two-Legged Deer [-crzwom]

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Originally posted by Jim Morrison

Amigos,

There is absolutely no real estate market down here. The entire operation was ill-conceived and I'm sure you'd all hate it here. Do your families a favor and stay home.

Seriously, though, keep in touch.

Paz y amor,

Jimmy

Cousin,

You're hilarious. I'm reminded of some of the stuff that Walt Jowers says on the ASHI board every once in a while to discourage inspectors from relocating to the Nashville area. Can't remember what it was - only that it was funny as hell.

Never fear, Jimmy Boy, there ain't no way I'd be able to get the Korean Konnection to relocate to Meheeko. Maybe back to the land of the morning calm, but that's about it.

ONE TEAM - ONE FIGHT!!!

Mike

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Methinks the Punk Boy is crazy like a fox; kind of like Walter telling folks not to move to Nashville because the gnats will eat your eyeballs.

And Charlie Wood; one would be a fool to bet against Charlie.

My only worry is Jimmy falling into Thongville and forgetting why he's there.

Or, becoming dependent on the 80 cent beer. Anyone that's lived in the tropics (I lived on St. John for a while in the early 80's) will tell you alcoholism is a default condition for most of the occupants.

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That was my thought exactly. Walt talking about how bad things are in Nashville when others talk about moving there.

But yet, Scott P packed his bags and went.

Wonder if he's still got eyelids or if the gnats have ate them all away. He's been there about seven months now!

I keep telling people that I charge a million dollars per inspection so I can live on the beach, hold one of them fancy umbrella drinks and watch the girls in thongs (or less) walk by. Just haven't found my benefactor yet.

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Sorry, I just found this thread! Yep, Nashville TN is really bad. Don't move here! Who wants no state income tax, low property tax, low home owners insurance, low car insurance, great public schools and fantastic scenery. Oh and if you love music(not only country), you can catch a concert any day of the week. The real estate market is booming as with most of the South.

Just a terrible place to live!

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Jim, I wish any American relocating anywhere much success. There may be some adaptive effort necessary to adjust to living in a foreign environment.

At times we all may want to visit a "some day Isle" that is as close to paradise as society and Nature allows it to be. Such trips might be likened to the work of an educating mission or perhaps an escape from other influences. All the same, Good Luck.

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